Join Date: Aug 2011
Location: Albuquerque, NM
Ferrari Life Posts: 11,881
I do not think the 348 was all that bad. Luca was just making a statement that since he did not have anything to do with the 348, how could it possibly be good? They tried a few things on the 348 they later abandoned, but they did that with the F50, F355, and 360, too, five valves per cylinder. Also with the 456/550/575M and eccentrics for suspension alignment when they went back to shims on the 612/599. Experiment and learn, with the customer doing a lot of the OT&E. More realistic service intervals for the cambelt goes a long way towards 348 reliability.
I actually really like the styling on the 348 and, when well maintained, they work fine, except for the odd glitch. Nobody has had to replace valve guides on them like some F355 and 456s, at least, and the owners now know the problem areas and how to fix them.
Present: 575M 135171
Past: Dino 246 GT 02984, 365 GTB/4 14009, 308 GTS 25125
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